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Fresh Produce Becomes A Treat For Oakland Students

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Oakland Fresh Program (www.healthyeatingactivecommunities.org)

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OAKLAND (KCBS/AP) – The Oakland Unified School District is doing its part to make healthy eating easy and delicious. The Oakland Fresh program provides fresh, locally gown produce to students every Wednesday.

“We have a full spread of fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts, eggs, honey and oils also,” said market manager and AmeriCorps member Ali DeArman.

KCBS’ Margie Shafer Reports:

Teachers at Jefferson Elementary School in Oakland offer the kids coupons for the market as awards for good behavior.

“Seventy-five percent of the food is coming from our six local farmers that we’re working with, the most local being the honey that comes from Berkeley,” said DeArman.

Oakland started with two markets in 2006, and today there are 12. Adults are welcome to buy their produce at the market as well, which continues those healthy habits at home.

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